It has been two decades since farmers in Jharkhand,Bihar and Chhattisgarh began a legal battle to ensure uninterrupted flow in Sone river so they get adequate water to irrigate their fields. The flow has declined over the years mainly due to its use by Uttar Pradesh.
A few months ago,the Patna High Court,disposing a PIL filed by farmers in 1993,ordered the Centre to constitute a tribunal under the provisions of the Inter-State Water Disputes Act,1956 to solve the dispute.
But the Centre has not honoured the courts directive,prompting the farmers to sent a memorandum to the Union Water Resources Ministry,threatening a hunger strike and a protest in New Delhi soon.
Saryu Roy,a farmer from Buxar and former BJP MLA,said they would hold a demonstration in Delhi soon. We will sit on hunger strike. This is a battle for survival, he said,adding the dates for the protest have not been finalised.
Originating from Amar Kantak village in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh,and traversing 784 km through Chhattisgarh,Jharkhand and Bihar,Sone merges with the Ganga at Maner near Patna.